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07-30-2017, 08:58 PM   #1
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Hi from Buffalo!

Hi! I'm from Arkansas and live in Buffalo, NY. I started out 2005 taking my dad's old Minolta XG-1 around India which was a blast until I found out two months of pictures had terrible light leak! I put down film for about 10 years. From there I followed what I am now learning is a pretty common path back to film and into the world of Pentax. When my daughter was born in 2015 I bought a new a6000 and like many people who wanted beautiful filmic pictures from without spending thousands, I got my first SMC 50 1.4 and an adapter and loved the pictures it took. From there I rapidly accumulated legacy lenses but kept chewing my nails over getting a larger sensor just to gather more light, shorten my focal plane, and so on until I just said "duh" how about a large, disposable sensor! And so I got a Pentacon 6 and serviced the XG-1 and haven't looked back. I "accumulated" a number of fun rangefinders (Yashica electros, Argus c3, a Canonet QL17 and Olympus 35RC, as well as a Yashica-44 and a couple of found rolls of Verichrome Pan 127) which have been a blast to use. However it was that Pentax glass that first reminded me what I was missing and when I had the chance I grabbed up an ME super that was all locked up and took it apart and made it fire again and I can't wait to use it! So I look forward now to shooting pentax on pentax and getting a little set of lenses for it. I love shooting and sharing pictures but I admit I am a bit of a gearhead too and gain as much joy taking things apart and making them work as I do shooting, developing, scanning, and editing. My day job is general surgery so that's probably where the tinkering impulse comes from. Sorry for the rambling introduction, not sure if I'll be lurking or talking but I've really enjoyed reading these forums over the last couple of years and learning from the knowledgeable and friendly folks here, so hello!

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Hi! Welcome! We look forward to seeing your stuff. I love to see that you shot with and Argus C3. My dad gave me one, and my first thought was, "ok, I'll see if it works". After some research and a roll of film, it has become one of my favorites! Good luck shooting.
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Hi! Welcome! We look forward to seeing your stuff. I love to see that you shot with and Argus C3. My dad gave me one, and my first thought was, "ok, I'll see if it works". After some research and a roll of film, it has become one of my favorites! Good luck shooting.
Hey 'cuse!

And I wish I could say I shot with the Argus yet :/ - it's on my project list for a full CLA, right after I figure out how to convert my working chrome MES to a black MES using an old busted black one, and transplant a good lens from a broken-meter 35RC to a good RC with a hazy lens. There's a couple of nice guides for the Argus C4 and my best understanding is that they have pretty similar guts . . . so wish me luck

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Welcome to the forums. If you've been lurking a bit you've seen there are quite a few of us that use and tinker with older systems. There's a few on here with a lot of knowledge in those areas. Enjoy!
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Hi from Australia, and welcome to the Pentax forums. Good to have you aboard.
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Hello and welcome from a fellow New Yorker (from the Sunny side of the state!). We look forward to seeing some images!
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QuoteOriginally posted by thenewreligion Quote
so that's probably where the tinkering impulse comes from
Welcome to the forum, I hope it's a bit more knowledgeable than just tinkering when it comes to your day job.

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Welcome to the forum, I hope it's a bit more knowledgeable than just tinkering when it comes to your day job.
Hah! All I can say is that in both fields it's a lot easier to get them apart than back together!

And yes I've been really impressed with how much some of the folks here know! And by their willingness to share. I hope to have the time and patience to get there some day.

OK for fun since you ask here's a recent, non-pentax image I did that I'm pretty proud of. I found a roll of Verichrome Pan 127 expired June 1962 at a flea market and shot it on a Yashica 44 . . . boy does that film hold up with age!
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Nice thing about black and white film, like dynamite, it only gets stronger (more sensitive) with age. Nicely done!
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